Sea Protection    
Threats for Dolphins

The Threats for the Dolphins
Today the blue planet is a dangerous place with many threats for dolphins, which are mainly caused by man. The scientific estimates of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society ( assume an annual bycatch of about 300'000 whales and dolphins - solely caused by the deep-sea fishing industry. The majority of them are dolphins. Moreover, overfishing of the food resources for dolphins are becoming scarce.

Another problem: The marine mammals are at the end of the food chain. Over the years, they accumulate through the food intake high pollutant concentrations. It comes to organ damage, reproductive rate decreases, the immune system is weakened, and the mortality rate is increasing.

In addition, many confounding factors impact on the habitat of the dolphins: A key factor for animals living in the sea is the vessel traffic with its immense high noise levels.
River dolphin populations are often separated by the construction of dams and, consequently, the genetic diversity for the continued existence is no longer guaranteed. Not to mention the caught dolphins in the aquarium tanks - an issue which itself is dynamite.

Yet another threat is omnipresent: Dolphins are being followed for commercial reasons. The so-called "Drive Fishery", the bloodthirsty hunt in Japanese waters and also on the Faroe Islands, which belong to Denmark.

This all results that today many of the 35 marine and 5 river dolphin species are threatened or endangered highly. This statement is given by the conservation organizations and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). If not acted quickly, the endangered species could become extincted in the foreseeable future. The clock for this disastrous and extremely worrying development runs - incessantly!

Horrible Slaughter of Dolphins in Japan
During drive hunts, fishermen panic and confuse migrating pods of dolphins and other small whales with loud banging, then herd them, by the hundreds, into shallow coves, and then butcher them one by one.

Every year more than 20,000 small cetaceans of several species, some of which are endangered, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso's dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white sided dolphins and false killer whales get killed in a bay in Japan's Taiji.

This cruel and inhumane practice is sanctioned and controlled by the Government of Japan, which claims that these animals compete with the fishermen and slaughtering them is a means of pest control, but no evidence for this claim exists.

The dolphins are processed and used as pet food or fertilizer and the government is encouraging the consumption of dolphin meat.
The most beautiful living ones are sold to dolphinariums.


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